Saturday Numbers Reveal LA County COVID Cases Have Almost Doubled in a Month, Hospitalizations Have More than Tripled

As the coronavirus continues surging and Los Angeles County continues to be the epicenter of the pandemic, new numbers reveal that almost half of the total cases the county has registered came during the month of December, while hospitalizations have tripled during that time.

The county went from just over 400,000 cases on Dec. 2 to just over 800,000 cases on Jan. 2. Meanwhile, hospitalizations went from just under 2,500 people on Dec. 2 to over 7,500 in that month’s time.

On Saturday, Los Angeles County reported 15,701 new COVID-19 cases. The county now has a cumulative total of 806,210 cases since the pandemic began in March.

A month ago on Dec. 2, there were 5,978 new cases and a cumulative total of 414,185 cases.

“This virus is relentless,” said Barbara Ferrer, county director of Public Health. “We are seeing terrifying increases and numbers in L.A. County that can only be turned around if everyone – businesses and individuals – carefully use the tools we have to slow the spread: wearing a face covering, distancing, staying away from crowds and gatherings, and following all the business protocols to protect workers and customers.”

As of Saturday, there are 7,627 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. That’s 14 more people than were hospitalized on Friday. That also sets a new record for hospitalizations in the county, beating the previous record of 7,613 which was set on Friday.

Of those hospitalized, 21% are in the ICU. That translates to about 1,540 people in the ICU. 

A month ago on Dec. 2, there were 2,439 people hospitalized with COVID in LA County.

The 11-county Southern California region’s ICU bed availability remains at 0%. It first dropped to 0% on Dec. 17 and has remained there ever since. Because of that low ICU bed availability, the state on Dec. 29 extended its regional stay-at-home lockdown order for an indefinite period of time. Only when the ICU bed availability rises to near 15% will the region’s lockdown order be lifted.

County health officials announced 138 more people dead from the coronavirus on Saturday. The county’s cumulative death toll is now 10,682 people.

A month ago on Dec. 2, there were 40 new deaths and a cumulative total of 7,740 deaths.

To date, more than 4.76 million people have been tested for the coronavirus since the pandemic began. Of those tested, an overall average of 16% are testing positive.

West Hollywood recorded 20 new cases on Saturday, for a cumulative total of 1,465 cases since the pandemic began. The city had no new deaths; the cumulative death total remains at 14 deaths.

A month ago on Dec. 2, West Hollywood had a cumulative total of 955 cases and nine deaths.

Below are the numbers for areas near West Hollywood:

  • Beverly Hills – 13 new cases for a total of 1,674 cases and a total of 14 deaths.
  • Carthay neighborhood – 5 new cases for a total of 629 cases and a total of 31 deaths.
  • Culver City – 27 new cases for a total of 1,308 cases and a total of 41 deaths.
  • Hollywood – 61 new cases for a total of 3,453 cases and a total of 30 deaths.
  • Melrose neighborhood – 65 new cases total of 5,190 cases and a total of 101 deaths.
  • Miracle Mile – 9 new cases for a total of 570 cases and a total of 7 deaths.
  • Park La Brea – 8 new cases for a total of 373 cases and a total of 1 death.
  • Santa Monica – 41 new cases for a total of 2,847 cases and a total of 69 deaths.

The Carthay neighborhood incorporates the areas of Los Angeles between the Beverly Hills city limits and Fairfax Avenue, with Beverly Boulevard as the northern border and Wilshire Boulevard as the southern border. 

The Melrose neighborhood incorporates the areas of Los Angeles east of La Cienega and west of Vermont Avenue, between Santa Monica Boulevard on the north and Beverly Boulevard on the south.

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